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post #1 of 10
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Hello Everyone,

I'm currently having problems with my new ASRock Z68 Pro Gen 3 Fata1ty board.

Sometimes I can boot into BIOS without any problems, other times it wont even let me in. I press DEL, the screen goes black, and Dr. Debug gives me code "0d"; which isnt even in the manual by the way. After that it just stays on that black screen until I shut down. I've had to do this atleast two dozen times so far and it's becoming really infuriating. The only way to get around this is to use the "CLR_CMOS" button that is on the back of the motherboard. I am running the latest BIOS since day one, and it pretty much has never worked for me fully. On top of that when I tried to update my SSD's firmware the keyboard wouldnt work. This goes for both USB keyboards and PS/2 keyboards, this works fine when I'm in BIOS though, only when I try to update the firmware (have to type "yes") and it wont let me.

I bought this motherboard because TT gave it such good reviews, but so far all my experiences say otherwise. Is my board faulty? Did I get a lemon? I really would like to avoid RMA'ing it since this is my only computer and I need it every night to do take home work from my job. I know an RMA can take weeks to go through =(

Please note, that when I am not trying to get into BIOS the board works great. I can bring up all of my MS Office apps with no problem and can even play some games without any issues. In fact I have yet to find an issue with this board when I am loaded into windows. Problems only show face when I am in the BIOS =(

Here is my current setup...

Intel I7 2600K
ASRock Z68 Professional Gen 3 Fatal1ty Edition
MSI Radeon 6850 PE
16GB (4gb x 4) Mushkin Redline PC-17000 (board wont even run this at 2133 btw)
Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
X-Fi Titanum Sound Card
Crucial M4 128GB SSD
250GB 7200k Seagate HDD
Seasonic x750

Please advise!!

Thanks
    
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post #2 of 10
Well worst case scenario you could RMA. What I do when I RMA is I ship the product to the manufacturer and purchase a motherboard from Fry's. The motherboard I purchase is usually around $70-80 so it isn't very good but it will last me 2 weeks or so until I get a replacement board. Sure, there is a 15% restocking fee but the $10 is worth it if I can continue using my desktop.

And what you need to remember is that even boards with amazing reviews have issues from time to time. I purchased 3 motherboards from Newegg that had a 2 star review with 100+ reviews but I never had a problem with any of them. It's completely random. Also 95% of people that get good boards do not leave reviews.

This is probably a motherboard issue though. If troubleshooting doesn't work then RMA.
post #3 of 10
If I ever had a issue with a new item. I don't wait, I am at the store getting a replacement (or RMA it). Now RMA can take a few good weeks, but I'd rather wait that long then stick with a faulty board.

Now back to your problem: I would try to switch it to stock Bios. And keep going up to later and later versions. Then when you hit a bad version of the bios (Like your problem) then leave it at the last one that worked. Ow ya make sure you didn't mix up motherboards and diff bios. biggrin.gif
post #4 of 10
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The thing is I didnt build this computer, I brought it to a place to have it built for me. Changing out the board to be replaced for 2 weeks and then changed out again is going to cost a ton of money.

If I continue to use this board without booting into BIOS would I encounter any problems? Like I said I never had any while in windows...yes, this is all speculation but from your experience has anything negative happened in the long run?
    
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post #5 of 10
Have you considered reflashing the BIOS? This could solve the problem.
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post #6 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Not ReadyYet View Post

The thing is I didnt build this computer, I brought it to a place to have it built for me. Changing out the board to be replaced for 2 weeks and then changed out again is going to cost a ton of money.
If I continue to use this board without booting into BIOS would I encounter any problems? Like I said I never had any while in windows...yes, this is all speculation but from your experience has anything negative happened in the long run?

Yes. It could mean that you have defective components and in the long run it could ruin your Windows partition with random shut-downs and similar things. Think of it like RAM: Memtest errors might not mean anything now but as they get worse they will corrupt your Windows partition. I would troubleshoot and if nothing works RMA straight away.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Eduardv View Post

Have you considered reflashing the BIOS? This could solve the problem.

The manual says to not revert the BIOS from a higher version to a lower version.
    
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post #8 of 10
Did you tried the L1.36A BIOS ?
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post #9 of 10
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^^^^ I'll give it a shot...thanks
    
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Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD Crucial M4 128GB SSD Seagate 2TB HDD 
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post #10 of 10
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Everything so far has been a fail. I tried different RAM, ram that is listed as being compatible with my board according to ASRock's website and the only way to get into BIOS is by using the CLR_Cmos button.

After I save and exit, whenever I try to get into BIOS the screen freezes and dr debug tells me "0d"

I have to RMA this board, dont i?
    
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Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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Sentey@ Cobalt Pro Seasonic 750X Gold Corsair Carbide Air 540 Mionix Naos 7000 
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